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1922 Alf Maitland, a Scottish born fullback, played for the Football League in their 5-1 win over the Irish League at Newcastle. At that time, and indeed for many years it was League policy to select only Englishmen for their representative teams. When the error over Maitland was discovered it was decided to let him play. He spent all his career in the north-east playing for South Shields 1919-24, Middlesborough 1924-25 and Newcastle United 1925-30. He appeared in 333 League matches - and scored 3 goals.
1930 Peter Simpson, Crystal Palace centre forward scored 6 goals in the club's 7-2 win over Exeter City. At the end of the season he had set the club record of 46 goals. He had five years at Selhurst before moving to West Ham United in 1935 and scored 154 goals in 180 matches for Palace. He had short spells with United, Aldershot, Reading and St. Johnstone before the War ended his first class career in 1939. Final tally was 189 goals in 306 matches.
1931 Portsmouth signed right winger Freddie Worrall, from Oldham Athletic. He was one of the best in his position during the 1930s and played in 2 internationals for England v Holland 1935 and v Ireland 1937. Appeared in two Cup Finals 1934 and 1939, the second game bringing a winners' medal. Spent 1946-47 with Crewe Alexandra and brought his total of League appearances to 405 and his goals total to 85. For Pompey he played in 300 games and scored 65 goals.
1958 A crowd of some 40,000 saw Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Manchester United 4-0 at Molineux in the first League game to be staged under floodlights on a Saturday night. Mason, Murray 2, and Mullen scored for Wolves.